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Education
2:04 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Jefferson County Sheriff, Jail Chief Push for Early Childhood Education

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The campaign for a nationwide expansion of early childhood education programs got local support Tuesday from a pair of unlikely Jefferson County officials—the sheriff and the jail director.

There's a connection. 

Citing the study below, they're arguing that the Obama Administration-backed plan could each year decrease Kentucky's prisoners by 1,200 and save $48 million. The argument goes: Early childhood education helps children perform better in school, increasing their odds of graduating high school and reducing their odds of getting into trouble.

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Local News
7:12 am
Sun September 22, 2013

After Cuts, How Many Fewer Children Are Using Kentucky's Child Care Assistance Program?

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Earlier this week, Kentucky children's advocates and others lobbied state legislators to halt drastic cuts to a program that provides financial aid to low-income working families to cover child care costs.

Those cuts, announced earlier this year, changed the eligibility requirements for the Kentucky Child Care Assistance Program. They went into full effect on July 1. 

It's been two months. Here's how many kids have lost access to CCAP.

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Local News
7:30 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Kentucky Child Care Cut Critics to Push General Assembly to Expand Eligibility in 2014

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Critics of the state’s cuts to two programs benefiting thousands of Kentucky children are turning their focus to next year’s General Assembly session.

Earlier this year, the state Department for Community Based Services implemented drastic cuts to the Kinship Care and Child Care Assistance programs because of a budget shortfall. The programs give financial assistance to low-income working families to help cover child care costs.

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Local News
7:17 am
Sun August 18, 2013

Children's Advocates to Rally for Restoration of Kentucky Child Care, Kinship Program Funds

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People who are losing eligibility for a pair of Kentucky programs for families will be the featured speakers as children's advocates rally Monday in Frankfort against state budget cuts.

They'll be asking state leaders to restore funding to the kinship care program and the Child Care Assistance Program, which were drastically cut this year because of an $86.6-million shortfall in the state Department for Community Based Services.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun July 7, 2013

Kentucky Child Care Subsidy Cuts Will Cost Jobs, Options in Louisville

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Richard Morris owns a dozen child care centers around Louisville.

He expects he'll have to eventually close them all because of recently enacted cuts to a Kentucky financial assistance program for low-income families to cover child care costs.

The cuts may gradually cost more than a thousand day care workers their jobs in Louisville and force many day care centers to close, advocates warn.

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Local News
7:01 am
Sun June 30, 2013

Kentucky Child Care Subsidy Lacks Stability Even After Deep Cuts Start on Monday

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Drastic cuts to a Kentucky program that offers financial assistance for child care costs to low-income working families go into effect Monday with little hope of full restoration anytime soon.

In fact, the state official whose agency administers the subsidy said it's still not exactly stable—that's because the program is based on projections that could change if demand is higher than expected among those who still qualify. Plus, the program depends on state and federal budgets—each of which can fluctuate in the future.

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Education
3:51 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Listen | WFPL News Special on Early Childhood Education in Louisville

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Jefferson County has nearly 700 childcare programs in operation, but officials say program quality varies widely. 

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Local News
6:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Judge Orders State to Resume Subsidy Payments to 18 Sanctioned Day Cares in Louisville

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A Franklin Circuit Court judge has ordered a state agency to resume payments for a subsidy program to 18 Louisville child care centers notified last month that they were being pulled from the program after a fraud investigation.

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Local News
6:34 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Report: Kentucky Ranks 39th in U.S. for State of Child Care Centers

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Kentucky ranks 39th in the U.S. for the state of its child care centers—earning high marks for posting complaint records online but poor marks for not  requiring center directors to have bachelor's degrees, says a new report.

The report, from Child Care Aware of America, said Kentucky could improve its child care center's regulations by requiring state and federal fingerprints for checking criminal backgrounds and changing its educational requirements for lead teachers.

The report also suggests that Kentucky adjust its ratios for staff to children.

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Local News
1:49 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Kentucky Creates New Regulations for Day Cares As Licenses Are Revoked for 18 in Louisville

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Child care operators whose licenses are revoked will have to wait seven years—instead of the previous three years—before being able to open a new day care under new Kentucky regulations put in place as the state took action against 18 Louisville day cares.

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